@YoungSalemme While promoting the release of his upcoming project "Empire" down in Atlanta @YoungSalemme shot a promotional video for a track called "Alive". "Empire" will feature guest appearances by Rell (Roc-A-Fella), Verse Simmonds (Konvict Music), Kirby Maurier, Prano, Ashlee Chanel, 8Bus, Ray Ray, Amandi, Audio IV (formerly 24-7), Siahlaw (Universal Records) & more.
Rising Dallas Duo Returns With Slew Of New Music, Videos
Back in March, A.Dd+ officially hit the scene with the release of When Pigs Fly, a project that quickly became the upstart Dallas duo's much touted debut album. WPF earned critical praise from the Dallas Observer as "possibly the best hip-hop album Dallas has ever released." A few short months later, Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy, joined by producer and unofficial third member Picnic Tyme, return to unleash a slew of new music and videos to be released in the coming weeks and months. Kicking things off is the new track "Jumper Cables," which features fellow Dallas rapper Tunk.
Although not from When Pigs Fly, "Jumper Cables" picks up right where the duo's debut left off, with Picnic Tyme's slick snare rolling into a bevy of winding strings, claves, bass, and pounding drums. The hook, "Wait till I get my money right, then I'm on/ I'mma get that Caddy running right, bitch, I'm gone/ Living good, it ain't nothing better," builds the theme for the song, one that, despite the upbeat nature of the track, details the group's struggles and aspirations. Fitting, considering that Paris and Slim wrote the hook in the midst of their own grind towards recognition. "We came up with the hook on our way back from a show in San Antonio," explains Paris. "We didn't have anywhere to stay after the show, so we got back in the car, hopped on the road at 3:00am and started heading back to Dallas. We had the instrumental on repeat and put together the hook."
Willie Evans Jr.'s new album Introducin' is available now from via High Water Music. The full album is now streaming in full at AOL Music and can be bought here: Introducin' ($7.99 at Amazon.com).
Along with the release of his album, Pharoahe Monch's WAR Media has announced that Willie Evans Jr. is the newest addition to the We Are Renegades Family. Willie Evans Jr. will be joining like-minded artists Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Mystic and DJ Mr Len as part of a growing and organic movement.
According to Dres of Black Sheep/Native Tongues, "Willie Evans Jr. and his crew are the closest thing to Native Tongues since Native Tongues." Introducin' is produced entirely by Willie Evans Jr. and features both his emcee and MPC skills. The album tells the story of a kid (Willie) who can't learn music the traditional route, and then decides to use the MPC to express himself. The artwork for the album was hand crafted by UK’s visual artist/producer Ben Grymm.
Previously, Willie Evans Jr. has done extensive production work with Mr. Lif and Akrobatik of the Perceptionists and is a member of the Alias Brothers (formerly Asamov) with notable member Paten Locke aka DJ Therapy. He has been previously featured in URB, VIBE and has performed at Rock the Bells, Paid Dues and more.
Take A Minute To Think Of When You Would Look For A New CD. Possibly A Cassette Even, Take A Glance At The Tracklisting And Be In Shock Of Whom Is Being Featured On Said Project. From Up-And-Comers Featuring Veterans, To Long Time Labelmates who never worked together. This Created Anxiety For Us All. Fly Definiton Music And AMiAM (of Vets of Kin) Reach To Detroit, New York And Of Course Ozone, FL. Crafting A Boom Bap Collaboration For His New Mixtape. MyGrane McNastee, Sha Stimuli, V-Stylez, JBiz & Veteran Grand Daddy I.U. Show Up To Prove That Even Nowadays "WE GOT THAT" Feeling To Once Again Experience Deja Vu. JuniAli (of The Beat Ministry) Maestro's The Production, DJ YNot Conducts The Cuts, And The Emcees Do What Emcees Do...Rhyme.
Complex.com just posted an in depth feature on illustrator Kagan McLeod and his massive upcoming graphic novel Infinite Kung Fu. In addition to illustrations from the book, Kagan breaks down the inspiration and creative process of the 464 page tome (to be released by Top Shelf Comix in August). Kagan is set to appear at the Top Shelf booth all through the San Diego Comic Con (July 20th-July 24th) where the book will debut to the public. Appearing alongside other award winning Top Shelf creators including Craig Thompson (Blankets) and Nate Powell (Any Empire) Kagan will be signing as well as selling original art (viewable here: http://kaganmcleod.com/comiccon.html .
As gritty as the Mississippi streets he grew up on, Bryant Williams, better known as Brian Grind, is smashing through the hip hop game with an impeccable flow and fascinating lyrical content. Fresh on the heels of his new EP, Grind Hard and Play Later, this budding Dirty South superstar is putting his talent on display for fans across the country. With an ironclad reputation and a relentless work ethic, Grind is quickly making a name for himself as one of the top up and comers in the constantly growing and changing hip hop music scene.
Born and raised in Mississippi, Grind was heavily influenced by two different worlds with polar opposite values, creating a distinct air of conflict throughout his upbringing. Despite his close relationship with a pair of loving, religious grandparents, he was quickly enamored by life on the streets, which helped shape his raw lyrical flow and gangster-inspired content. His experiences with hustling, which inspired his moniker of Brian Grind, run deep throughout each of the tracks, serving as a soundtrack to the streets and lifestyle of a determined, young entrepreneur.
Grind's uncle, Napoleon Williams also played an integral part in his musical upbringing, flying him out from steamy Mississippi to the sunny Bay area to lend a hand on projects with his record label, Napo Entertainment. Drawing from classic influences such as Tupac and Scarface, as well as Southern heavy hitters like 3-Six Mafia and Project Pat, Grind continued to sculpt a unique, captivating style which only continues to improve with age.
Loaded with stories from the streets and references to gangster culture, Grind's debut weaves interesting tales with infectious club beats, keeping the vibe fresh from start to finish. Tracks such as "DJ Turn it Up," "She's Choosey," "Boppers," and "Don't Play No Games" are clear cut standouts, exhibiting some of this Mississippi native's most skillful work to date.
Grind commented on his record, saying "It's what you hear in the streets…but yet it is fresh enough to move crowds in the clubs."
Grind Hard and Play Later is currently available in stores, with digital downloads, as well as other singles available from retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, Best Buy, FYE, and Borders. Check out his official MySpace and ReverbNation pages for streaming audio, upcoming tour dates, and photos of Mississippi's next hip hop phenomenon.